Vickery's Bridge

Vickery's Bridge (HMY16)

Location: Spanish Fort, AL 36527 Mobile County
Country: United States of America

N 30° 41.019', W 88° 1.056'

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From September 5 to September 9, 1950 Lt Grady Vickery was assigned to defend the Namji-Ri Bridge crossing the Nam River. The bridge had been defended by Vickery's considerably reinforced platoon numerous attempts to blow the bridge by the North Koreans was thwarted by Vickery's Platoon. They inflected heavy enemy casualties on September 9, 1950, he had troops on both sides of the bridge. At about 6-7 AM they heard this plane overhead, he made a pass over the bridge circled and dropped a bomb that missed. He made another pass and dropped a bomb on the Center Span.They had defended the bridge for five days and our Air Force blew it up by mistake.

This event is written in numerous history books of the Korean War, with pictures of Lt. Grady Vickery and Coporal Carroll Vogles also pictures of the bridge.Vickery retired from the Army in 1960 with the rank of Captain. He is a member of the Gulf Coast Chapter of the Korean War Veterans Association. He was the first president and the one with the vision for this memorial.

Although this bridge does not resemble the Namji-Ri Bridge, it is named in his honor.
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HM NumberHMY16
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Date Added Sunday, October 26th, 2014 at 12:27pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)16R E 402532 N 3394984
Decimal Degrees30.68365000, -88.01760000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 30° 41.019', W 88° 1.056'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds30° 41' 1.14" N, 88° 1' 3.36" W
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Area Code(s)251
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 181-191 Unnamed Road, Spanish Fort AL 36527, US
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